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Sulphur River Bridge

Photos 

Meadow's Curve Bridge with Christiian Rock Group the Miracles

AH the seventies. Thanks to Gary Neil for the photos. Here at least is a photo of the bridge. Taken from Southeast to Northwest

Photo from collection of Gary Neil

BH Photo #195153

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Sulphur River on old alignment of CR 347
Location
Red River County, Texas, and Titus County, Texas
Status
Sitting in place with deck removed and aproaches missing
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Built ca. 1930; replaced by new bridge in 1994 and abandoned
Design
Pony truss with 15' sides.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 144.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Also called
Meadow's Curve Bridge
Steel Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.39036, -95.06227   (decimal degrees)
33°23'25" N, 95°03'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/308187/3696463 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cuthand
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 011940AA0347002 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42142 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/1990)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 13.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
60

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2014: New photo from Brad Smith
  • March 19, 2011: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • March 13, 2011: Updated by Brad Smith: Added pictures, inserted current road numbering, and added sulphur river as crossed.
  • February 19, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Updated status
  • November 18, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated location: I'm not sure if this is the bridge for this page, but it's the one Brad is referring to in his comments. Looks like the deck has been removed.

Sources 

  • Matt Lohry
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Brad Smith - gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Sulphur River Bridge
Posted June 11, 2014, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Some folks in Talco are wanting to move this bridge to the city park. There is surely not enough local money to do it. Someone has started a crowd funding campaign to make it happen.

http://www.gofundme.com/a7zj38

Sulphur River Bridge
Posted June 27, 2011, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a link to a nearly exact bridge across the Neches River in Houston County. This must have been a common bridge design early in the twentieth century. http://www.bridgehunter.com/tx/houston/111140AA0169001/ This bridge looked very similar to the one in this link when it was in serviceable condition.

Sulphur River Bridge
Posted February 19, 2011, by Brad Smith

OK! I went to the bridge. It was too late in the day. The pictures are unusable. I will go back at a better time next time.

I MADE A MISTAKE! I had not actually seen this bridge up close since the mid-nineties. It is indeed a pony. A very tall pony. The height was all I remembered.

It is sitting with about a 20 foot gap on the south bank. The north bank appears to still be close to the end of the bridge. Originally it sat in the stream with each each end bridged to the bank with timbers with a plank deck built on top of them. The deck of the bridge itself was also wooden. These ends to the bridge were pretty shaky and often bent as you crossed them. I am pretty sure they were 10' or less on each end.

Sulphur River Bridge
Posted November 18, 2010, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Through the magic of satellite, the imagery shows the Pratt still in place. next time I get the time to trudge through the brush, I will go get pictures.

Sulphur River Bridge
Posted November 18, 2010, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There have only been three bridges across the Sulphur in my lifetime.

US 271, SH 37, and the former SH49 which is CR1412 in Red River county. Before I was born there was a bridge near Harts Bluff (follow the road several miles past the end of Spur 1487 at Maple) it connected to Titus County CR NW47 near Sugarhill Community (which used to be named Wilkinson on the maps.

Back to the bridge. I am nearly certain the bridge this article discusses was on RR CR 1412. In the thirties a new bridge was built but it washed out in the late fifties / early sixties. It was replaced by a wooden floored Pratt through truss bridge that was moved from FM1402's crossing of White Oak Creek. when the current deck bridge was built in the early sixties. My dad says it was moved to White Oak from the Harts Bluff Sulphur River crossing during the fifties. The Harts Bluff crossing has been closed ever since.

Last I knew of it, the bridge was sitting derelict on the old road West of the current bridge. I will go look when I have a chance. Perhaps the bridge that washed out was a pony. It was gone before I remember and dad tells me ...it was a concrete bridge...

Perhaps the bridge that washed out was a pony truss, but ...